We went in search of Saint Loomer Falls i n 2012, 2013 and again in 2016. It’s time we did it again. With all the recent rains the falls should really be at their best.
This is a challenging hike to locate and photo-document each of the five or more waterfalls that comprise Saint Loomer Falls of the Potrero John Creek in the gorgeous Los Padres Forest. The lowest fall is 70 feet (and easy to find/get to) and it should be gloriously flowing right now.
The first part of this hike is on a well used trail to a campsite where we will see some pictographs. Then, we’ll rely on our trail finding and stream crossing skills to trace a creek through a slot canyon to our ultimate prize.
Be prepared for the worse (bushwhacking, poison oak, class three rock climbing, etc.). It will have any one of these or all.
MEETUP LOCATION AND TIME: The Thousand Oaks Park and Ride at the corner of Rancho Rd. and Haaland Dr. NO LATER THAN 7:00 a.m. It’s just south of the 101 Fwy and 23 Fwy interchange. Have a full tank of gas and be willing to drive if needed. Those that don’t drive can help pay for gas. It’s about 1.2 hour’s drive to the trailhead.
ALTERNATE MEETUP LOCATION AND TIME: Those of you who would find it easier to meet at the Potrero John Creek trailhead on Hwy. 33, can meet us there at 8:30 a.m.
TRAILHEAD WEATHER INFO: Trailhead Weather (http://www.weather.com/weather/today/93252)
DISTANCE: 7 miles out and back
ELEVATION GAIN: about 1,000 feet to the first falls, 750+ beyond the first falls if we can get past the first two waterfalls.
TRAIL DESCRIPTION: Part single track, then trail and use trail.
THE PACE: We won’t be running on this trail–so fast enough to keep warm and get back to the trailhead before 4:00 p.m.
DURATION: Plan on the whole day–there’s quite a drive to and from the trailhead, and we want to allow enough time to explore the upper falls.
LEVEL: Two levels:
This is an intermediate hike due to the stream crossings, and Level 2 scrambling up to the first falls.
This is an advanced hike beyond the first falls with Level 3 (use of hands required).
If you want to go on this hike, but don’t want to go past the first falls–no problem–there’s a great spot to hang out, take in the scenery and watch the antics of those who try to take on the upper falls.
The weather can be unpredictable in the Los Padres, so please bring along a wind-breaker and some layers just to be on the safe side. Hiking poles STRONGLY advised.
POST HIKE CELEBRATION: We’ll likely return to Papa Lennon’s (http://papalennons.com/) in Ojai. This is optional.
Rain cancels the hike. We will reschedule if practical.
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